Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, father of the world proletariat, turns 140 today.
To celebrate, historians at his museum in Ulyanovsk — Lenin’s maiden name was Ulyanov and the town where he was born was renamed accordingly upon his death in 1924 — have shown that Lenin was related, Obama-Cheney-style, to the composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky.
With the help of a German retiree (confidence inspiring, isn’t it?), the historians of the Lenin museum were able to trace the Ulyanov line back to the 17th century, when the Bereneses — the predecessors to the Ulyanovs — arrived in Russia and one of them married a proto-Tchaikovsky. Bang.
The historians also found German, Swedish, and Jewish sap in the Ulyanov family tree, which is funny. But what really gets me is that the gay, gay, gay Tchaikovsky is related to a man whose regime criminalized homosexuality.